You might have forgotten about it, but Apple unveiled what it described as the “next-generation” of CarPlay way back at WWDC 2022. Since that initial announcement, however, Apple hasn’t said a word about next-gen CarPlay, nor have any of its automaker partners.
Despite the silence, Apple still seems adamant that the first vehicles with next-generation CarPlay will be announced this year…
What’s up with next-generation CarPlay?
On its website dedicated to CarPlay, there’s a small section at the bottom dedicated to the “Next generation of CarPlay.” Apple explains:
This next generation of CarPlay is the ultimate iPhone experience for the car. It provides content for all the driver’s screens including the instrument cluster, ensuring a cohesive design experience that is the very best of your car and your iPhone. Vehicle functions like radio and temperature controls are handled right from CarPlay. And personalization options ranging from widgets to selecting curated gauge cluster designs make it unique to the driver.
On that same webpage, Apple includes this tidbit: “Vehicle announcements coming in late 2023.” This claim has been there since next-generation CarPlay was first introduced back at WWDC 2022, and it hasn’t changed since then.
Generally, Apple is quite good at keeping its website up to date when it comes to timelines for new features. This would seemingly mean that things are still on track and the first cars with next-generation CarPlay will be announced before the end of the year. If not, Apple likely would’ve updated its website by now to delay the launch – or maybe this very article will remind it to do exactly that.
As a reminder, Apple previously said that the following automakers have signed on to support next-generation CarPlay:
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